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Darkest day recalled By Glenise Dreaver

Jack Gradwell, a student of International Relations at Victoria University, knew that the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele was coming up this year. A part-time worker at the Dominion Museum Building, he took the opportunity to brush up on his history and find out where his relatives were in World War I. He discovered that two of his great-great grandfathers were at Passchendaele. Both returned from the carnage, unlike the 846 who never came back from what is still described as “New Zealand’s darkest day” – today exactly 100 years ago. What Jack discovered about George Gradwell, from Ghuznee Street Te Aro, left him amazed. Continued on page 2. Steve La Hood of Story Inc. (left), producer of the Passchendaele exhibition, examines objects that survived, on loan from Jack Gradwell (right). PHOTO: Supplied

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Descendant of WW1 soldier reflects on centenary of NZ’s darkest day “He had one of the worst medical records of any New Zealand soldier. At different times he was buried alive, he had his skull fractured and he was mustard gassed - all in different actions but he survived,” Jack says. “And I knew he was decorated, but not for what.” George Gradwell earned the Military Medal at Passchendaele for his work in carrying messages from one post to another. “Under heavy shell and machine gun fire, through poison gas, at times up to his waist in mud and blood. He did that for three days straight,” Jack says. T here a re lim ited fa mily memories and most of what Jack knows of him has been through military records. He has, however, seen and touched George’s medals and provided the museum with his bayonet and his camera. The family connection continues - his Uncle John still lives in the Island Bay house that George lived in after the war.

Soldiers try to jack a field gun submerged in mud at Flanders during the Battle of Passchendaele. PHOTO: National Army Museum NZ

Jack works at the Wellington’s Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson to commemorate the role of New Zealand in that conflict.

The additional Passchendaele exhibition room tells the story of the battle mainly through the medium of a rolling fiveminute audio-visual display.

 The centenary commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele will be held today at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park at 3pm.

Skaters urged to get on board fundraising drive By Jamie Adams

A group of skateboarding enthusiasts is asking for community help to enhance a popular, if secluded, south Wellington recreational facility. The newly-established Wellington Skateboarding Association is trying to raise $4000 to tidy and fix the Treetops Skatepark, situated south of Newtown Park. Skateboarder Tom Culy, who is also a real estate agent, has set up a PledgeMe page with the aim of achieving the target before its deadline in just over a month’s time. “We need it by mid-November. It’s a six-week campaign,” Tom says.

Last year, a group of skaters raised over $12,000 to smooth the rough concrete surface at Treetops. However, over the past year the ramps, ledges and quarter pipes became worn out, waterlogged or broken, requiring replacement. “We are going to build another quarter pipe and flat bar.” Tom has no doubt there will be plenty of supporters once they are aware of the campaign. “Skateboarding is growing in popularity with kids under 30, especially now that it is an Olympic sport.” Other improvements have been made to the multi-purpose area. The Wellington Skateboarding

Tom Culy in front of the Treetops Skate park he hopes will get a makeover through crowdfunding. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Show your Wellington backyard some love this Conservation Week People of all ages are encouraged to look in their backyard this Conservation Week to see how they can help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife. Conservation Week runs from October 14-22 and the Department of Conservation is asking people to convert their love of nature into action. “New Zealanders love getting outdoors and enjoying nature - this Conservation Week is about making people aware of how easy it is for them to get involved in conservation,” says

Jack Mace, Operations Manager for DOC Kapiti Wellington. “There are nearly twenty Conservation Week events across Wellington - from free kids’ entry and workshops at Zealandia, to Wellington City Council’s Pest Feast, to a long weekend of events at Wellington Zoo. There is something for everyone.” “We want to show people that conservation starts in your own backyard, parks, reserves and marine areas. Even small actions like setting a rat trap or pulling weeds can make a big difference towards large-scale

national visions like Predator-free 2050 and the War on Weeds,” says Jack. As well as the local events, Conservation Week is being supported by companies like Genesis with online game Whio Bootcamp Challenge, Toyota with a new waterways clean-up medal for kids through the Toyota Kiwi Guardians programme and Air New Zealand with a “love my backyard” photo competition. Wellington events include two “Pest Feasts” at Harbourside Market, Cable Street on Oc-

tober 15 and 22, 8am - 2pm, involving making meals of goat, venison, wild fennel and other invasive pests; a “Weeds Wipeout” at the Botanic Garden on October 15, 10am - 2pm, where participants learn about weeds; a Backyard Trapping Workshop at Zealandia on October 18, 7pm - 8.30pm; and a presentation from Predator Free Wellington at the City Gallery on October 19, 12 - 1pm. To find out about all the Conservation Week activities go to www.conservationweek. org.nz.

Funds sought after storm damages charity building By Jamie Adams

Pedestrians in lower Newtown will notice there’s a lot of scaffolding in the area. Not only is there the ongoing construction of a new Salvation Army one-stop shop, but on the other side of the corner of Riddiford and Normanby streets, the St Vincent de Paul op shop has recently been shadowed by the sight of scaffold decks. That’s because the charity’s building has borne the brunt of a roof collapse that has forced many of its services to shift to temporary premises. “We were getting the roof fixed and some of it had to be taken off and a tarpaulin was installed,” communications manager Millie Lambess says. “Then one day in winter we had a big storm and the wind blew it and opened up the roof cavity. The heavy rain softened the roof and it caved in. “Luckily nothing in the shop is damaged as the roof didn’t go

through to the lower floors.” Millie is also thankful it happened overnight when there was nobody in the office, as the collapsed roof would have certainly injured or even killed someone directly underneath it. While the op shop on the ground floor was unscathed, the entire top floor - which housed the food bank, social work area, pregnancy assistance, kitchen and management office have had to be housed at Riddiford house temporarily. St Vincent de Paul’s holds regular fundraising events. The storm damage meant a recent Book Fair fundraiser carried extra significance as insurance would not cover the full cost of damage. “We managed to raise just over $4000,” Millie says. “We will have to do some more fundraising to pay for the full repair. She says the charity hoped to move back into the premises by mid-November when the roof is expected to be fully fixed and strengthened.

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inbrief news Concern over rental property insulation The Insulation Association of New Zealand (IAONZ), is “gravely” concerned about the number of rental properties needing to be insulated. There are potentially 170,000 houses needing insulation to comply with the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) amendments, which President Stu Henwood says is alarming. He says over the past year IAONZ member companies have had limited landlord demand and therefore insulated only 10,000 out of 180,000 rental properties estimated by MBIE as needing insulation to comply with the new tenancy regulations before the July 2019 deadline.

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14-hour challenge offered to highlight homelessness By Jamie Adams

With homelessness as high as ever, Wellington residents are being challenged to give up their beds to help combat the crisis. The Compassion Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army have joined with Wellington’s City Mission, Night Shelter, Homeless Women’s Trust and Women’s House for the fourth annual event to raise money for projects helping tackle homelessness in the capital. Mayor Justin Lester and Wellington City Councillor Andy Foster will also be speaking at the fundraising event, to be held at Mount Cook School from 6pm to 8am. The organisers call on people to join co-workers, friends and family to seek sponsorship to spend 14 hours sleeping outside on cardboard, on couches or in cars. Compassion Soup Kitchen manager Karen Holland says housing deprivation remains a big problem in Wellington. “There’s a lot of work being done, but the numbers aren’t changing.” Those seeking help from The Soup Kitchen and other agencies involved in 14 Hours

Vanessa and Locky Stinson demonstrate their sleeping arrangements for tomorrow’s 14 Hours Homeless Challenge. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Homeless aren’t just rough sleepers, Karen says. It includes people in emergency accommodation, shelters and boarding houses, over-crowded homes and places without basic amenities. In the face of this, 14 Hours Homeless is a chance for people to learn about the challenges faced by people without a warm and dry home, as well as raise funds for agencies. Hataitai mother and son Va-

nessa and Locky Stinson is one pair taking up the challenge. Locky had already been aware of the scale of homelessness in the country from media coverage. “I chose to do homelessness for a 10-week blog at school,” Locky says. “When I was at a bus stop I saw a poster for the challenge and thought ‘why can’t I do it?’.” Vanessa says she was encouraged to join in when Locky told

her about the idea. “I thought it was such a big issue than ever before,” she says. “It’s a learning opportunity for him. He has interviewed people at the Hope Centre and Soup Kitchen.” Wellington is one of four cities hosting the challenge, the others being Auckland, Palmerston North and Invercargill. More than $18,000 had already been donated to the Wellington cause as of Tuesday.

Harry Potter theme for Halloween event Something with a sprinkle of magic and a snuff of pixie dust is taking place in Island Bay this Halloween. Haunted Hogwa r ts is a Halloween cha r ity event being held to raise money for child cancer patients. Organised by “botanical stylist” Mindy Dalzell of Twig & Arrow, the event differs

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Researcher seeks women who suffer periods of agony By Jamie Adams

A University of Otago Wellington researcher is calling for women who experience excessive period pain to be involved in a study on the phenomenon. Dr Sarah Donovan, a researcher in the university’s Department of Public Health in Newtown, is exploring the impact of primary dysmenorrhea menstrual pain which occurs without any other known menstrual health problems. “International research shows that this pain often difficult to manage and can significantly disrupt normal daily life,” Sarah says. “It is the most common reason for missed work and school for women and girls.” “But there is almost no New Zealand research available and so health professionals lack information to understand how to best support those who are significantly affected.” The study would interview adult Wellington women who regularly experience period pain severe enough to disrupt their day to day lives, and who have not been diagnosed with any other menstrual health issue. Interviewees would remain anonymous. One participant happy to spread the word is Tara Forde of Berhampore. A long-time sufferer of primary dysmenorrhea, Tara has sometimes had to attend work meetings with a

Post-quake artists to share insights with exhibition Shared Lines: Wellington brings artists already affected by earthquake to the capital to encourage new discussion. Thistle Hall Gallery officially opens to the public at 5.30pm on Wednesday, October 18, almost a year after the north Canterbury earthquake shook the foundations of the city. The gallery, at 293 Cuba St, will host a free week-long series of art displays, talks and performances with artists from Japan, Christchurch and Kaikoura sharing their experience, knowledge and work in using art to build resilient communities. Alongside the exhibition and evenings series at the gallery, Shared Lines Collective will be installing the large public artworks: Yasuaki Igarashi’s Sora-Ami at Wellington Waterfront Lagoon.

Are you in trouble with the IRD? Tara Forde, one of the participants in a university study into acute period pain. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

hot water bottle strapped to her back. “I have had some awful periods,” she says. “I have had to go to A & E. I had to take days off work and cancel going out with friends. “For others it can be four or five days of vomiting, headaches, diarrhea and pain in the thighs.” “You take a couple of painkillers and you are still in pain. The 32-year-old has suffered excessive pain on and off for the past 20 years. “Some years it was fine then it

flared up again.” Tara believes the research is necessary to quantify how badly primary dysmenorrhea has affected the quality of life. “There’s a real reluctance to talk about periods but it’s a completely normal thing. I think women’s pain gets downplayed.” Those interested in being interviewed can contact Dr Sarah Donovan on (04) 806 1638 or email sarah.donovan@otago. ac.nz

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Eco-movement promises bagload of sustainability By Jamie Adams

Newtown grocery shoppers keen to ditch the plastic bags can now do so without having to purchase alternative sacks at the supermarket. Newtown Greengrocer is the first shop in the suburb to sign up to Boomerang Bags. The movement was founded by two Gold Coast people who wanted to expand on the modern concept of using cloth bags to replace environmentally unfriendly plastic bags. It works by engaging local volunteers in creating bags made out of recycled materials that can then be donated to shopowners who can then give them to customers free of charge. Volunteers could make the bags themselves or with their friends by rummaging for discarded fabrics, or they could join a Boomerang Bags community who would mass produce and distribute them. Its website states that participation means celebrating a grassrooots initiative that builds community and encourages sustainablity. Newtown Greengrocer owner-operator Gurjant Singh says they were keen to get involved after the concept was first mentioned to them by a registered distributor. “Rosie Morrison, a customer who shops here, showed me the bags she used,” Gurjant said. Rosie encouraged him to get involved and provided a crate-load of Boomerang Bags thanks to the generous efforts of her and others who made them at the Newtown Community Centre. “We started last week,” Gurjant says “It wil take some time to take off but people are taking them and using them.” While the bags are free, the website encourages users to “pay them forward” to friends, colleagues and even strangers. “However you choose to distribute your bags, the most important thing is to ensure that they’re distributed with a message about sustainability,” it says, “empowering

Kilbirnie Lyall Bay Community Centre is encouraging locals to celebrate Seniors’ Week with two events at its Bay Road premises. On Thursday, October 19 staff from Lyall Bay-based movie theatre and museum Time Cinema will bring a film projector to the centre for a morning showcase. The showcase runs from 10.30am to noon and will feature newsreels of the building and opening of Wellington

Airport and the Wahine disaster. Entry is by gold coin donation. On Friday, October 20 local police officers will provide their home baking for an afternoon tea to be held from 2-3pm. The events have been organised by Volunteer Wellington and the Wellington City Council.  Senior citizens keen to attend should RSVP Beryl on 387 7867 or at klbcc@clear.net.nz.

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people to be part of the solutions.” Rosie formed the Newtown chapter about three months ago and they have slowly built up stocks. “We’re always keen for more volunteers,” she says. There are also Boomerang Bags distributors in Island Bay, Mt Victoria and Miramar. Go to boomerangbags.org to contact them.

Asthma not a life sentence - foundation While Breathe Better September, New Zealand’s respiratory awareness month has finished, the issue of shortness of breath remains for many. The campaign shed a light on New Zealand’s alarming respiratory statistics, while encouraging Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs. With spring well under way, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ wants to stress that for most people, there is no need to live with asthma symptoms. “People do not have to put up with symptoms such as wheezing, tight chest, a cough or feeling breathless due to asthma,” ARFNZ medical director NZ Stuart Jones says. “We’re very fortunate these days in terms for asthma management, for most people asthma can be really well controlled.” “If you’re using your reliever inhaler two or more times a week, or if you’re waking at night due to coughing or wheezing, there may be a better way to control your asthma,” Stuart says.

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The Foundation is advising people to review their asthma with their GP, especially if they are experiencing any of the above symptoms. In New Zealand over 521,000 people take medication for asthma, making it the most common respiratory condition in the country. One Wellingtonian who has done her bit to raise awareness – as well as funds – is Hayley Sims of Island Bay. Hayley and her dog Ferdinand ran at least 70km throughout September as part of the Healthy Lungs Challenge, attracting nearly $400 in donations for the foundation through an Everyday Hero webpage. “It was a great challenge for us and was just what I needed to get back into my running – after a little break last week of course,” she says. “Ferdi loved the challenge and got so excited each time I put on my running gear which was really cute.” Her renewed love of running has made her consider doing the Taupo Great Lake Relay in February next year.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What are your biggest concerns for New Zealand’s future?

Callum Roberts, Hataitai “The future of te reo Maori. We need to start using it. It should be taught as early as possible.”

Rosa Woods, Melrose “I think we could work on mental problems, suicide and all that.”

Anthony Waitoka, Aro Valley “Rents are expensive and to be honest, I don’t think I’ll be able to own my own home.”

Cleona Hughes, Porirua “My concerns are around children going hungry in schools and the risk of earthquakes affecting Wellington.”

Nikita Dunn, Island Bay “Politicians are useless. They talk too much and don’t do anything.”

Nia Moller, Brooklyn “Global warming. It affects us as well as the planet and people don’t take it seriously.”

LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Roundabout use encourages anarchy Dear Editor, Unless a roundabout has been given a special street name, it is an intersection. No car driver should enter an intersection unless the exit is clear. I am aghast to see cars entering the Cobham drive intersection (at the Kiwi Self-storage) when there is an obvious queue going into Wgtn CBD causing a grid blockage. It prevents the traffic

from Kilbirnie to proceed to Miramar. The Paremata roundabout at SH1 is another example. Surely it is an intersection, why are vehicles allowed to enter it if they are forced to stop on the roundabout (intersection) by traffic stuck on it? Talk about design — there is even a pedestrian crossing so close to the Ira Street/Broadway intersection that

any bus or truck going to Seatoun is required to stop on the roundabout if there is a person on the crossing. Are we encouraged, if not required, to break the law by roundabout traffic engineers? If we condone law breaking, we encourage anarchy. Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Companionship key to wellbeing

Jean Lawson and Dorothy Johnson. PHOTO:Supplied

Kilmarnock Heights Home resident Dorothy Johnson didn’t expect to make new friends quickly when she moved to the Berhampore rest home, but she’s been pleasantly surprised. “When I first moved in, I didn’t feel much like coming out of my room to socialise,” says the 95-year-old who moved to Kilmarnock Heights five years ago. “But then Jean [Lawson, a fellow resident] started inviting me over for lunch.” The invitation brought Dorothy out of her shell and the pair, both in their nineties, have been friends ever since. They’re spotted together regularly around the home, often holding hands and laughing together. Jean, a former nurse, says reaching out to Dorothy wasn’t hard, as helping others to settle in at the home makes her feel valued and useful. “I’ve always loved people and I think it’s

my way of helping others and making a difference.” Recreation officer Annelize Steyn says companionship is an important part of the Enliven philosophy which Kilmarnock Heights Home follows. Residents are supported to get to know one another, take part in social activities and maintain community connections. “Companionship has the power to alleviate loneliness and isolation and is vital to the wellbeing of elders,” says Annelize. “Here, residents can have companionship whenever they want it and on their own terms. We support elders to connect with each other, but also to maintain friendships and connections in the community.”  For more information about Kilmarnock Heights Home call 04 380 2034 or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.


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Comments on council decision on cigarette butts out of line The Editor, We think that the Chief of Staff of the WCC should resign for his inappropriate comments about the decision of the Council regarding

the need to encourage people to put their butts in a bin! It is appalling that this CoS under the very high CEO thinks like this and acts in such a fashion. He

was on a junket overseas, was he drunk on ratepayers pay as well? Every suburb has struggled in trying to have engagement and fruitful consultation with OUR

council (think the shambles in Island Bay, Kilbirnie upgrade, John St mess, Curtis St mess, and now we have to come to grips with Shelly Bay and other

Chief of staff needs butt kicked Dear Editor, We are appalled by the comments made by Kaine Thompson over the Council’s discussions and decision regarding the dropping of awful butts on our streets. Putting aside the butt issue, the COS is clearly out of line for the manner in which he made his comments, and the attitude displayed by him. We think the CEO should

sack this disrespected overpaid executive. What other attitudes and attributes does he use in his position, clearly not very good ones. There are a range of Bylaws that exist in the goodwill of the public at large to comply with, rather than have compliance officers issuing enforcement tickets. A lot of public compliance is adhered to for the

betterment of society. We now request a breakdown of the levels of staff salaries, numbers at each level, and total numbers of staff which we understand has now exceeded 1100. We request this information under the LBOI Act. Yours sincerely Sarah R Wu Kilbirnie

Bowling club closure threat sign of times Dear Editor, I notice that Parks and Gardens are continuing their persecution of smaller bowling clubs around the city area that are on postage-sized pieces of the fringes of the town belt. They effectively pushed the Berhampore Bowling Club out and took over the club rooms so that they could move the Mornington Golf Club in. We were a small membership club but were paying our fees and maintaining our greens but, as with Workingmen’s Club , Paul Andrews was determined to close us down and force us to amalgamate when

we had no need or desire to do so. He says a club needs 187 bowling members to be sustainable and he would struggle to find many clubs that have that many members whether on Town Belt or not. Workingmen’s Club is fully financial and plays in all available club competitions as the larger clubs do and as they have shown in their article, get a lot of outside usage of their premises for social bowling and functions also. The premises are also used by other clubs and there is less restriction there for public use than in a lot of other clubs and as he indicates,

there is just a general purge on all small clubs whether there is alternative use or not for the land. I would suggest to Parks and Gardens they visit Hataitai Park and clean up the rubbish dump that the lower carpark has become. This area has been a dumping ground for years and has obviously never been visited by any of their number. More your core business than ruining the club competition that exists in receding numbers in the city area. Antony Cooper Island Bay

major expensive projects that we the ratepayers pay for). Yet here sits this high-level executive with these deluded thoughts. Tracey MacKay, Kilbirnie

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New Zealand premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria 300 performers will present the NZ premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria: For the Children of Aberfan on Labour Day! Commemorating the lost children of Aberfan and the Pike River 29, this concert features a video background to the narrative of hope sung by massed children’s and adult choirs from New Zealand and Austral-

ia. With professional soloists and the Wellington Youth Orchestra conducted by the acclaimed New York conductor, Dr Jonathan Griffith. Where: Michael Fowler Centre Wellington When: 2 pm 23rd October 2017 Tickets: http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/ shows/show.aspx?sh=CANTATAM17

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Baha’I faith set for 200th celebrations Wellington’s Baha’i community will join adherents of the faith around the world in celebrating the bicentenary of Baha’u’llah this month. More than five million Bahá’ís wordwide are gearing up to celebrate the births of the two most important Luminaries of the Bahá’í Faith - The Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. They are often referred to as the “Twin Manifestations of God” because of their dual roles in establishing the Bahá’í Faith in the 19th century. This year carries extra significance as it marks the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Celebrations of this event will take place in 100,000 locations worldwide.

Bahá’í Faith New Zealand warmly invites the public to help them celebrate at four events taking place in Wellington next weekend. On Saturday, October 21 include a 6.30am dawn ceremony at the City to Sea Bridge, Civic Square; a Children’s Festival featuring crafts, games and food at Khandallah Town Hall from 2pm to 4pm; and an art exhibition at St Andrew’s on the Terrace from 2.30pm6pm (with afternoon tea at 3.30pm). On October 22 there will be a family-friendly celebration featuring music, prayers and fun for children. A lunch will be provided followed by a beach clean-up. This will happen at Breaker Bay Hall, 150 Breaker Bay Road and starts at 10am.

You can’t beat Wellington on a good day That’s what they say and there’s really no better way to see Wellington than from on board the Dominion Post East by West Ferries! In addition to daily sailings, the ferries also run Harbour Explorer Tours on the weekends and public holidays (weather permitting). These trips are very popular and quickly are becoming a ‘must do’ for visitors to the capital! The ferries have a fantastic

viewing from their open top decks, while inside the main cabin you can purchase food and beverages or visit our onboard bar. The ferries are also available for evening charters with a range of different options. You won’t find friendlier crew than on the ferries, nothings a problem. So what are you waiting for? For more information visit www.eastbywest.co.nz or phone 04 499 1282

The Pacific Beer Expo 2017 PBE is a beer festival that takes place every year over Labour Weekend on the Wellington Waterfront. Since 2011, the festival has aimed to exceed all expectations for what is offered at a beer festival in NZ. Beer and food tokens are included in

your ticket, and a variety of wild, rare and limited release beers from around NZ and the Pacific Rim will be on offer. PBE is not to be missed. Follow us on social media for announcements. www.pacificbeerexpo.co.nz

The Wellington Bahá’í community have a number of celebration events the public are invited to join.

Sat 21st October

6.30am Dawn Ceremony. City to Sea Bridge, Civic Square 2.00pm – 4.00pm Children’s Festival. Crafts, games, food. Khandallah Town Hall. 2.30pm – 6.00pm Art Exhibition. St Andrew’s on the Terrace. Afternoon tea 3.30pm

Sun 22nd October

10am – 2.00pm Family friendly celebration, music, prayers, children’s fun, lunch provided, then a beach clean up. Breaker Bay Hall. 150 Breaker Bay Rd.

ALL WELCOME!

Bicentenary of BAHÁ’U’LLÁH Founder of the Bahá’í Faith “So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth’’ - Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í community ph: 04 382 9803 Email: lsa-wellington@bahai.org.nz

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More to Southern Ward than Island Bay Dear Editor, We read with interest you front page splash of the Island Bay’s lost cause of the cycleway (or is that stosh?) and now the quest by the residents’ association chair to stand for Council. On the one hand we have followed the sorry saga of the bike way to hell which is still on-going and costing all ratepayers millions, but the Southern Ward actually is bigger and more cosmopolitan than the inbred Bay. I understand that there is actually some four other active progressive residents’ associations in the Ward, as well as a huge spread of interest groups, that clearly have greater participation, support and understanding of its community to achieve desired

outcomes. Does Vicki have the broader approach necessarily to represent all? B r o o k l y n / R i d g w a y h a ve achieved much, yet without the conflict and look at the exciting strengths of Newtown. I understand they are supporting a team of elders in the community to kia kaha and lead the way forward for all of the Ward. Mind you, the Island Bay squabble really exposes the folly of the mad urban planning and consultation processes of the self-centred NZTA, Council officers, and the Bike Advocacy groups. We call for heads to roll, and let’s start with Kevin, the CEO of Council and his butt man! Rose Wu Kilbirnie

Newtown has better candidate Dear Editor, Whereas we understand Vicki Greco’s desire to stand for the Southern Ward (Cook Strait News, October 5) we wonder if she was part of the problem too? The cycleway was an example of the appalling treatment that residents get from Council officers (the Chief of Staff for the CEO has just exposed that internal thinking) but a councillor has to represent all

issues in the area, and Vicki has been pretty silent on other matters that affect Brooklyn, Berhampore or the infamous Newtown. Besides, we understand that the Newtown residents have got a top candidate from their huge depth of pool of experience to draw upon to lead the charge for accountability. Tim & Rosie Dalman Te Aro

Guy Fawkes should never be forgotten Dear Editor; About “Word on the Street” (October 5) , I detest our Mayor’s politically correct idea of discontinuing the fireworks show on Guy Fawkes night, and substituting a Winter Solstice observance for Matariki. Before about 1985, hardly anyone had ever heard of Matariki, alleged to be an ancient festival of the whole Maori race. Possibly of a few local tribes, and not all, I surmise; but it has been increasingly imposed on us since then. Guy Fawkes Day, a British observance for over 400 years, has also been a New Zealand one since this country became British in 1840. As a convinced Protestant of English ancestry, I declare we should

never forget the Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators were all Roman Catholics who aimed to kill King James, his wife and children, and all the MPs and peers, assembled at the opening of Parliament, by blowing up the Houses of Parliament with gunpowder. The plot was discovered on the 5th of November 1605: Guy Fawkes was arrested, tried, convicted of high treason, and deservedly hanged. This is also the anniversary of the date when William of Orange landed in 1688, to begin the Glorious Revolution that dethroned the second King James. That’s another reason for Protestants to cherish that date: Guy Fawkes and James II

were both bigoted Papists who wanted to restore Popery by unlawful means. I don’t know whether Mr Lester is sympathetic to the ideas of that miscreant Fawkes and that would-be tyrant James II, and perhaps wants their activities to be forgotten. But regardless, the existing fireworks show, usually on a fine and mild spring night, has been very popular for some years. Few people would turn out on a cold winter night in Windy Wellington, just to humour political correctness, even if they were treated to some pretty fireworks just like those they now see on Guy Fawkes night, I’ll bet! H Westfold, Miramar

Cycleway fallout curious issue Dear Editor: As a WCC councillor Paul Eagle had always seemed to support every whim in Island Bay without offering cautionary insights. As the rhetoric over car parking and the cycleway heated up last year, reaching ‘Tea Party’ (read Donald Trump) proportions, there he was nodding his head. But it gets curiouser and curiouser in Island Bay. Now that

Mayor Lester has entered the discussion with a compromise proposal, Eagle as Deputy Mayor has agreed. This has moved Island Bay Residents Association President, Vicky Greco, to extraordinary words (it seemed like “off with his head”, but I must be mistaken) so unkind to her most important supporter. The Island Bay Residents Association appears more bizarre

every time Ms Greco speaks. Did I hear a local cat say “We’re all mad here?” Again, perhaps not. Though the situation there might at times seem strange, I don’t think I’m hallucinating, and I agree with famous English writer, Lewis Carroll, when he said “tut, tut, everything’s got a moral if only you can find it”. Richard Keller Lyall Bay

Cleaners join ballet’s polished performers As professions go, dancing and cleaning are about as different as you can get. But these professionals from very contrasting walks of life have one big thing in common - maintaining high standards means having to keep on your toes at all times. Taking a break from rehearsals, Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers from a production of Romeo and Juliet were only too happy to meet the cleaners who ensure their dressing rooms are spic and span. And like the ballet company’s leading lights, cleaning stalwarts Swapnil and Jyoli Raut, have also won praise for being shining stars and doing a really professional job. It was mops at the ready when the ballet’s polished performers shared the limelight with the husband and wife cleaning team in a break from rehearsals. Nigel Boyes, office administrator at Royal New Zealand Ballet, says the couple are responsible for looking after the changing areas and cleaning the offices and bathrooms at the ballet company’s Wellington base. But the cleaning work could at times be demanding, adds Nigel. “Dancers can have up to four showers a day each. That’s a fair bit of pressure on the changing areas. “Sometimes the dancers are not great and they leave things lying on the floors, so it’s pretty tough for the cleaning team to get around and clean

CrestClean’s Jyoli and Swapnil Raut (centre) with some Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers. PHOTO: Supplied

things properly.” For CrestClean franchise owners Swapnil and Jyoli, being present at a performance rehearsal session was a great opportunity for the dancers to meet the cleaning team, added Nigel. “It was wonderful for them to actually

see the people who are looking after them and keeping their areas clean. It gives them a greater appreciation of what actually goes on after hours.” For Jyoli and her husband, the opportunity to meet some of the dancers was a highlight of their day.

“It was really fun. They appreciated what we do for them. They told us ‘you guys are doing a really good job’,” she says. The couple have been in the cleaning industry for two years. Before buying their cleaning business they owned a cafe in Wellington.


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Arts club set to reach milestone

Chance for kids to test fishing skills

This Sunday, October 15, marks the 125th anniversary of the Wellington Art Club which is the oldest art club in New Zealand still operating. New president, Judy Langham, and the committee are planning a special afternoon tea on the day for members. The history of the club relates to early artists, especially James Nairn, Judy says. These artists formed a group ca l le d “ P u mpk i n Cot t age

painters” who travelled out to Silverstream and painted their surroundings. Paintings from the club will be on show during the weekend of November 11-12 at Rita Angus Retirement Village in Kilbirnie. Currently the club has many daytime groups and some evening groups. Information on the club’s history and announcements of occasional workshops can be found on its new website www.wellingtonart.co.nz.

Aniela (7), Mia (3) and Roma (5) Moriarty show off their catches and certificates from last year’s open day at the Capital Trout Centre. PHOTO: Supplied

The Capital Trout Centre in Happy Valley is celebrating its 18th year of operation with an open day for children, to coincide with the school holidays. Since September 1999 more than 20,000 trout have been caught at the purpose-built trout pond on Landfill Road. The Centre is run by Wellington Flyfishers Club with additional support from Wellington Fish & Game Council,

Wellington City Council and other donations. Club president and centre manager Strato Cotsilinis says licences for fishing in the pond are now available for free to children from age 2 to 11 at three fishing outlets – Steve’s Fishing Shop at 49 Ghuznee St, FishScene Ltd in Hataitai Village and Hutt Valley Hunting and Fishing in Lower Hutt. Children do not have to bring

Challenge aims to get Kiwis on their bikes – even for just a bit The NZ Transport Agency is launching a new ‘mini’ challenge to encourage Kiwis to get on their bikes. The Aotearoa Mini Bike Challenge takes place from October 16 to 29 whereby just 10 minutes of cycling challenge is enough to get involved. It’s a two-week version of the month-long Aotearoa Bike Challenge, which returns in February, and is a great way to prepare for the longer challenge. “With 10 percent of New Zealanders saying they are interested in getting on a bike in the next six months, the mini challenge provides a fantastic opportunity for people to give cycling a go with extra support and motivation,” says NZ Transport Agency Senior Manager System Design, Brett Gliddon. “We would encourage keen cyclists, those who haven’t ridden in a while, and those who are completely new but have access to a bike to give the mini challenge a go.”

Participants are supported throughout the challenge with tailored guidance and tips, guides on where to ride and lots of great prizes on offer including a Panasonic Smart Home Monitoring Kit, bike helmets and lights. “The Mini Bike Challenge is part of the Government’s goal to encourage more people to cycle as an everyday transport option. The competition is all about giving people the confidence to get on a bike,” says Brett. The challenge is based on the global Love to Ride platform. Its founder Thomas Stokell says spring is the perfect time to set new goals like taking up cycling or getting on a bike for the first time in a while. “People may be considering getting out on a bike, but may lack the confidence to go for that first ride. The Aotearoa Mini Bike Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to get outside and enjoy the many benefits that cycling offers,” he says.

any gear as club members will assist children to catch a trout on fly fishing tackle, he says. In addition to the open days the centre is available for private booking such as birthday parties, Christmas parties, Cubs, Guides and Scout groups and any other group that would like to experience the thrill of catching a rainbow trout to provide some food for the table.

New Wellington Arts Club president Judy Langham, left, presents flowers to the club’s oldest member Sherlie Barr, who recently turned 90. PHOTO: Supplied

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We all need to take medicines at some time during our lives - for some it is everyday, others only sometimes for a cold or headache. Self Care pharmacists can provide you with the fact card Safe Use of Medicines, and help you with any questions you have about any medicines you are taking. Whether you buy medicines or get them on prescription, Self Care pharmacists advise that they have some good suggestions for taking medicines properly, and for getting the best results from their use. Know what your medicines are for. Even if your doctor has explained, when you collect your medicines discuss with your pharmacist what each medicine is for. Your pharmacist can give you information on the expected effects of each medicine and how to take or use them correctly, and whether they will interact with other medicines you have been prescribed or medicines that you have purchased. Before taking any medicine, read the label carefully to confirm you are taking the correct medicine, the correct dose, at the correct time. This is especially important if you take many medicines at different times of the day. Labels have other important information such as when to take the medicines in relation to

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Nunsense set to hit the stage By Glenise Dreaver

When dancer and choreographer Rochelle Rose of Khandallah and singer Tania Parker of Crofton Downs met during the 2016 production of Sister Act, a friendship, and very soon a new theatre group, began. They quickly agreed that the arts scene in Wellington had a major gap. Young performers here have many chances to work, unpaid, in amateur musical theatre. “But there is little chance of moving on to paid work as professionals. The only option is to continue unpaid, or move overseas,” says Tania. Within weeks of developing the concept, their new co-operative Wing It, with its collaborative profit sharing model, was granted the Australasian rights to the off-Broadway hit comedy musical Nunsense. The project grew quickly after they approached two internationally known and respected Wellington professionals, director Lyndee-Jane Ruther ford and musical director Michael Nicholas Williams.

These two mentors drew the cast together after Michael suggested Nunsense as a starting place for the company. Jane Keller, a tutor with a long history of international success in musical theatre, was soon on board too. The company’s name was Rochelle’s idea. “A Wing is a tap dancing step,” she said. “And winging it is about improvising new ways to meet challenges,” said Tania. That has meant many weeks of administration, business planning and co-ordinating and developing their highly motivated team. One of the key principles is providing support and mentoring for the young performers and Wing It principals have already scheduled several workshops as part of that. Other major projects are also in the pipeline. Nunsense rehearsals have begun, with opening night to be held on January 30, 2018 in the Gryphon Theatre. Tania said there was widespread interest in the project, with hundreds of “likes” on the website page wingit-productions.com within two days of going live.

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Montessori learning now offered for younger kids By Jamie Adams

A Berhampore preschool has a new classroom to allow even younger new entrants to enjoy self-directed education. The new room at South Wellington Montessori School opened last month, meaning two-year-olds can join fellow preschoolers who are at least six months older than them for fun activities in the traditional Montessori programme. “The classroom is a prepared environment which provides access to age-appropriate materials and activities,” Montessori student teacher Dana McDonald says. Its furniture and surroundings specifically cater for two-year-olds before they graduate to the bigger class and begin gaining independence. Dana says the preschool provides “a calm and authentic Montessori learning experience” for up to 20 children aged 2-6 years. The two teachers who operate there – Konstanze Froede and Kimberly Wong - share a passion for the Montessori phi-

losophy, which involves allowing children to be self-directed and hands-on with their learning. “As well as the traditional Montessori programme we also provide the children with the chances to experience the world, and become part of their local community,” Dana says. “We invite families to join us in a picnic each year and often have visitors such as the fire brigade, from our local community. “Each term parents are invited to share afternoon tea the children have prepared and see what their children have been learning about.” South Wellington is one of two Montessori preschools that operate in the southern and eastern Wellington area, the other being in Kilbirnie. Its opening hours are weekdays 8.45am2.45pm with an option to extend it to 4.30. It also provides a school holiday programme. Go to www.montessorieco.nz for more information.

South Wellington Montessori School’s new classroom is just the ticket for two-year-olds Fritzi and Zachary. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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Shields, Fifita back to play final game before semi Captain Brad Shields and All Black Vaea Fifita will return to the Wellington Lions for their final Mitre 10 Cup regular season match of 2017 at Westpac Stadium tonight. Brad reclaims the captaincy after missing the past four weeks due to a knee injury picked up during Wellington’s sole loss of the season against Tasman in Blenheim on September 10. He will start at No.8 against Northland alongside Vaea, who has been released from the All Blacks for what will be his second appearance for the Lions at blindside this season. Vaea played for Wellington in round three against Bay of Plenty, but has been involved with the All Blacks Rugby Championship campaign since. He replaces Galu Taufale, who captained Wellington to a 61-12 win over Southland in Invercargill on Saturday, but is unavailable this week due to a bruised knee.

Wellington head coach Chris Gibbes continues to manage his full squad against Northland and has made 11 changes to the team that started against Southland. Seven of those changes are in the pack where Brad, Vaea and openside flanker Mateaki Kafatolu form an all-new loose trio. Similarly there is a refreshed second row where James Blackwell and Sam Lousi replace Will Mangos and Chris Middleton. James is back after four weeks on the sideline due to a shoulder injury suffered against Canterbury. Wellington leads the Mitre 10 Cup Championship ladder and has secured a home semifinal, while Northland are in second place and one of four teams still in the hunt for the remaining three places in the playoffs. “We expect a highly motivated Northland team and a tough match,” Chris said. “We aren’t even thinking about the semifinals, that’s for

next week. This is a home match and it’s important that we go out and put in a performance we can be proud of.” Recent history suggests a close contest. Wellington edged Northland 29-21 in Whangarei last season and, although the Lions won convincingly (29-0) at Westpac Stadium in 2015, they were on the end of a 35 -5 thrashi ng i n Northland in 2014.

Left: Brad Shields Right: Vaea Fifita PHOTO: Supplied

Firebirds’ coaches extend contracts to next summer Wellington Firebirds head coach Bruce Edgar and assistant coach Glenn Pocknall have extended their contracts to take the team through the 2018-19 summer. Pocknall has been in the role of Assistant since 2013, working with Jamie Siddons before Edgar took over as Head Coach for the 2015-16 season. Cricket Wellington CEO, Cam

Mitchell, is pleased the pair have re-committed to the Firebirds, especially given the team’s recent on-field success. “We saw with the Firebirds’ results last season how well Bruce and Glenn work together in driving the team to succeed. We’re excited about the prospects for the next two seasons.” While producing title-winning teams is a target for Cricket

Wellington, the creation and development of pathways in all areas of the game is also a focus. “Bruce developed his skills as a player here before making a mark in international cricket. It’s great for his career in the game to continue in his hometown. That development, from player in to a sustainable career in the game, adds another layer to what he offers as a leader,” Cam says.

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“In terms of coaching development within our region, Glenn epitomises someone who has made the most of the opportunities and pathways on offer. “He’s developed from a youth coach to his current role, where he’s won three titles with the Firebirds.” Joining the coaches in the Firebirds’ support staff are physiotherapist Paul Steele,

Strength and Conditioning Specialist Andrew Smith, Video and Data Analyst Greg Butler, Visual Acuity Trainer Renee Edgar, and Mental Skills Coach Natalie Hogg. The Wellington Firebirds have commenced training for the season ahead, with the majority of the squad now involved in the routines of professional cricket.

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International league eligibility shambles

Wellington College’s first XI hockey team. PHOTO: Sporty.co.nz

Wellington College will hold a series of Old Boys hockey games and a lunch as part of its 150th celebrations next weekend. The event, on Sunday, October 22 will be a chance for ex-players, current players, coaches and parents alike to catch up and hear the highlights of Wellington College Hockey. Old Boys hockey matches will be held in the morning at National Hockey Stadium

and will be followed by an exhibition match between a 1st XI and an Old Boys invitation team, including ex-Black Sticks. At 1pm the lunch will be held at Wellington College with a guest speaker, Umesh Parag, a Wellington College Old Boy and one of New Zealand’s most renowned hockey players. Umesh is a double Olympian, Commonwealth games silver medallist, and played a

remarkable 214 Black Sticks games. There will also be a display of historic hockey photos and the unveiling a new hockey honours board showing the school’s Black Sticks players and previous captains. Registration must be by Saturday, October 14 and can be done at www.sporty. co.nz/wcsports/150th-Celebrations/150th-Hockey-Celebrations

What a rough week it has been for international rugby league. Credibility and loyalty have been thrown out the window as players switch allegiances at the 11th hour throwing the legitimacy of the Rugby League World Cup, which New Zealand co-hosts in a matter of weeks, into disrepair. Kiwi prop Jason Taumalolo has switched to Tonga just days before he was to be named in the Kiwis roster. Former Kiwi players have come out against the timing and the poor communication of the hulking forward’s decision after it became clear, he has not returned the call of Kiwis coach David Kidwell. Aussie prop Andrew Fifita was actually named in the Kangaroos squad before pulling out to join Tonga. Warriors hooker Isaac Luke tried to play for Ireland at the last minute after being rightfully left out by Kidwell and Kangaroos prop Sam Thaiday, being axed from the international game by Australia without any warning. A myriad of shambolic examples

suggest that these people could not organise a piss up at a brewery. The cliche is that any publicity is good publicity and while there is an element of truth to that, the past week has been damaging to a level of the game which is struggling to legitimise itself amongst its hardcore fans, let alone draw in casual eyeballs. True blue leaguies, myself included, feel that State of Origin between Queensland and New South Wales is the highest echelon of the game and incidents like this validate that point. Until the international eligibility laws in rugby league are tightened to the point where if you play for one country that makes you ineligible forever to play for any other country then people will struggle to get on board with the 13-man international game. Those high up in the sport will be begging for the games to begin so the public can focus on the field. A black eye for the game is the best way to describe what has gone on and it will take a mesmerising tournament to make people forget about it.


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